Summary of Selected Healthcare Encounters among a Selection of Patients with Myotonic Muscular Dystrophy

Objective: Research has not examined the use of health care by patients with myotonic muscular dystrophy (MMD), but it would provide insights into this population, which is prone to comorbidities and high service needs. This study is an analysis of this understudied subgroup, using a unique linked dataset to...

Patients on Involuntary Hold Status in the Emergency Department

Fetal Hemoglobin Modulators May Be Associated With Symptomology of Football Players with Sickle Cell Trait

Objectives: This study investigates whether genetic modifiers previously shown to influence adult fetal hemoglobin (HbF) levels and glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase deficiency were associated with variable symptomology in a small sample of collegiate football players with sickle cell trait.Methods: Survey data on self-assessed symptoms and genotype data from five single nucleotide...

Otolaryngology: Breadth, Depth, Challenge, and Choice

Otolaryngology – head and neck surgery (ORL-HNS) is not only one of the most competitive disciplines for students seeking residency, but it also is one of the most complex, challenging, and flexible fields in medicine, especially in surgery. Unfortunately, with only 106 accredited allopathic otolaryngology residency programs and 179...

Use of Cardiac Troponin Testing in the Outpatient Setting

Objectives: Cardiac troponin (cTn) measurement is useful for diagnosing myocardial infarction (MI), particularly in the inpatient setting. A growing body of literature suggests that cTn may be useful for evaluating chronic conditions in the outpatient environment; however, little is known regarding cTn ordering patterns in this setting. We sought...

Commentary on “Otolaryngology: Breadth, Depth, Challenge, and Choice”

In this issue of the Southern Medical Journal, Sataloff and colleagues take on the challenge of providing an “overview of modern otolaryngology” for medical students and medicalstudent advisors.1 After an introduction in which they astutely point out that many medical students matriculate at schools unassociated with academic otolaryngology programs,...

Commentary on “Is Endurance Exercise Safe? The Myth of Pheidippides”

I commend Ms Christine Rutlen and Dr David Rutlen for their dedication in developing this interesting treatise on the effects of long-distance running on the human body.1 They have striven to survey the pertinent literature with respect to the various organs potentially affected and to address how a question...

Open Access: Inconsistencies in Colonic Tattooing Practice: Differences in Reported and Actual Practices at a Tertiary Medical Center

Objectives: Accurate localization of a colonic lesion is crucial to successful resection. Although colonic tattooing is a widely accepted technique to mark lesions for future identification surgery or repeat colonoscopy, no consensus guidelines exist. The objective of this study was to determine whether the current tattooing practice at a...

A Brief Review of the Pharmacology of Hyperkalemia: Causes and Treatment

Hyperkalemia is a common problem in both inpatients and outpatients. Many disease states (eg, chronic kidney disease) and medications may precipitate hyperkalemia. There are several drugs now available to treat hyperkalemia. Many of these drugs are relatively new. This review provides information regarding drug-induced causes of hyperkalemia and provides...

Outcomes in an Interdisciplinary Diabetes Clinic in Rural Primary Care

Objective: The purpose of this study was to evaluate the effectiveness of an interdisciplinary diabetes team model of care in assisting patients to achieve improved glucose control in a primary care rural setting.Methods: A family medicine clinic at a rural university medical center developed an interdisciplinary diabetes team clinic...

Mycobacterium fortuitum Meningitis: Approach to Lumboperitoneal Shunt Infection

Mycobacterium fortuitum is a rare, opportunistic pathogen most frequently contracted through contact with a contaminated source. An immunocompetent 26-year-old female patient presented to our institution with an infected lumboperitoneal (LP) shunt presenting as continued nonhealing wounds. After multiple debridements, shunt revisions, and wound closure failures, infectious disease specialists were...

Is Endurance Exercise Safe? The Myth of Pheidippides

With the increase in participation in endurance events in the general population, patient concern may arise as to whether endurance exercise is safe. Acute but not chronic increases in blood urea nitrogen, creatinine, and urine albumin occur in endurance exercise. Iron-deficiency anemia may be observed in female athletes. Upper...

CME Article: Characteristics of Syncope Admissions Among Hospitals of Varying Teaching Intensity

Objectives: Previous work suggests that hospitals’ teaching status is correlated with readmission rates, cost of care, and mortality. The degree to which teaching status is associated with the management of syncope has not been studied extensively. We sought to characterize the relation between teaching status and inpatient syncope management....

Awareness of Birth Cohort Hepatitis C Testing Recommendation Among Baby Boomers: An Exploratory Survey Study

Objectives: To examine population awareness of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) hepatitis C virus (HCV) testing recommendation for the 1945 to 1965 birth cohort and explore the factors associated with awareness of the testing recommendation, its association with HCV testing, and respondents’ data sources about the...

Flexible Sigmoidoscopy Rather than Colonoscopy Is Adequate for the Diagnosis of Ipilimumab-Associated Colitis

Objectives: Treatment with ipilimumab, a cytotoxic T lymphocyte antigen-4 approved for metastatic melanoma can result in clinically significant immune-mediated drug injury in the form of colitis. Timely diagnosis and response are essential for optimal management. The aims of our study were to determine the percentage of our patients with...

Outcomes in Patients with Left Ventricular Assist Devices, Pacemakers, and Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillators Undergoing Single Balloon Enteroscopy

Objectives: Obscure overt gastrointestinal bleeding can be challenging to evaluate in patients with electronic cardiac devices such as continuous flow left ventricular assist devices (LVADs), pacemakers (PPMs), and implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs). Limited data exist on the utility and safety of single balloon enteroscopy (SBE) in patients with cardiac...

An Underappreciated and Prolonged Drug Interaction Leads to Ineffective Anticoagulation

A poorly understood significant drug–drug interaction compounded by ineffective communication among providers at times of care transition most likely contributed to multiple thromboembolic events in an 81-year-old patient. Increased awareness of drug interactions with direct oral anticoagulants (DOACs), as well as improved communication among inpatient and outpatient providers at...

CME Article: Imaging in Acute Pyelonephritis: Utilization, Findings, and Effect on Management

Objectives: To determine the frequency, timing, and types of imaging obtained in patients with a discharge diagnosis of acute pyelonephritis, and how often imaging findings affect therapy. Methods: This was a retrospective chart review of 1062 adults with a diagnosis of acute pyelonephritis discharged from an urban, safety-net hospital...

Cancer Risk Awareness among Uninsured Primary Care Patients

Objectives: Underserved populations are at risk of low cancer risk awareness. The purpose of this study was to examine cancer risk awareness and lifestyle issues among uninsured primary care patients in the United States. Methods: Data were collected using a self-administered survey from May to July 2017 of adult...

Can C-Reactive Protein Be Used to Predict Acute Septic Arthritis in the Adult Population?

Objectives: The objective of this study was to establish whether C-reactive protein (CRP) could be used to predict native joint septic arthritis (SA) in the adult population. Methods: All patients who underwent native joint aspiration in accident and emergency settings between April 2012 and September 2016 were identified from...